Ecological Examen by: Joseph Carver, SJ
All creation reflects the beauty and blessing of God’s image. Where was I most aware of this today?
Can I identify and pinpoint how I made a conscious effort to care for God’s creation during this day?
What challenges or joys do I experience as I recall my care for creation?
How can I repair breaks in my relationship with creation, in my unspoken sense of superiority?
As I imagine tomorrow, I ask for the grace to see the Incarnate Christ in the dynamic interconnections of all Creation.
Conclude with the prayer of Jesus: The glory that you have given me I have given them, so
that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become
completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even
as you have loved me.
Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
Mary Ward’s virtue of FELICITY: In adversity, do not let it cause fear, anxiety or trouble but have confidence God will work in the confusion. MW 1616
I am excited to share with you a new initiative for 2022. Loreto Nedlands will be offering several Music Scholarships that will cover a student’s tuition/ensembles etc., for the year and is tenable for the duration of their schooling at Loreto. The scholarship will be open to all current Loreto students and any wishing to join Loreto Nedlands. Please see our website for further details.
Once again, an outstanding performance by our very talented choir. The students created beauty through sound on Tuesday at the CPAF Festival held at the Vasto Club. The adjudicator awarded us excellent in all categories, stating that it was a polished performance. Families that were able to attend described the students as joyful, fantastic and talented and, of course, commended Sarina for her efforts. We will acknowledge all students at our next Merit Assembly who participated in the Catholic Performing Arts and Angelico Art Exhibition. Congratulations to you all.
Sadly, we farewell Mr Andrew Boxsell on Friday, who has been an important part of our Loreto staff and community over the past 13 years. As Physical Education and Health teacher, Andrew has enabled our students to excel in the sporting domain. Through his dedication, Andrew always strived to bring out the best in all children. His diverse knowledge of the sport, catering for a range of interests and abilities. Andrew was also instrumental in launching the school’s Blossoming Program at Loreto Nedlands. In addition, he was a Keeping Safe Coordinator and provided students, staff and the community with opportunities in Wellbeing, Cyber Safety, Resilience Education and Parent Workshops.
I am also saddened yet pleased to announce that Mr Anthony Corbett has accepted the role as Assistant Principal at St Brigid’s, Middle Swan, commencing 2022. This is a wonderful opportunity for Tony to broaden his professional knowledge and share his gifts and talents with others. Tony is in his final tenure at Loreto Nedlands, so it is a timely opportunity. We will formally thank Tony at the end of the school year.
Dad’s, Uncle’s, Grandfather’s I invite you all to our Father’s Day Breakfast (bookings essential through P&F) and Thanksgiving Mass next Friday. Dads, and dads of dads, or anyone representing a dad who might not be able to make it, I encourage you to sit with your children at Mass as a family as we give thanks to the wonderful person “Dad”.
On Tuesday, representatives of the Parent Community had the opportunity to receive feedback on the School Climate Survey and respond to our Draft Loreto Nedlands Strategic Plan, which is at the consultation stage. I have received some very helpful responses that the school will consider as we continue on this journey. Thank you to those that were able to attend.
You will also see that I have attached a document launched by the Catholic Education Office, Quality Catholic Education (QCE). The four pillars align with the CEWA Strategic Plan and honour our context as a Catholic school in the Mary Ward tradition and our connections to Loreto Australia & South East Asia and Loreto Ministries. When we launch Loreto Strategic Plan, you will see the connection with this document. Our Strategic Plan is also drawn from the Mary Ward Compass and Loreto Education Philosophy.
Parents, please remember to remind your child to wait for you at the pickup gate near the Fire Box outside Webster Street ONLY. Students are not permitted to exit using the other gates, so please do not encourage them to do so. If students exit via other gates, it holds up the traffic flow and does not allow us to ensure your child enters their car safely.
Music Camp this week has been fantastic. I have visited the students during their rehearsals, and I know the Pirates of the Curry Bean will be outstanding. Thank you to Perth Youth Theatre, who have worked incredibly hard with our students to ensure this is a gold star performance. Thank you also to the parents for supporting your child in preparing for their various roles and of course to our teachers and staff. It’s not too late to purchase tickets. There will be no door sales. https://www.trybooking.com/BTLMA
Yesterday, Laura Willox, Board Chair and Myself attended “Solving the Cyber Education Puzzle” which hosted a panel of experts exploring the big issues for schools. It was an important reminder of how we must all be active in ensuring our children are safe. Some key takeaways:
When your child is on a device…
- co play promotes co-learning
- Parents need to participate in their child’s online lives
- Keep lines of communication open
- Ensure the school has an adequate Protective Behaviours Program (Loreto Nedlands has Keeping Safe)
- No gaming before bed or before school (assists with positive sleep patterns and calm and happy demeanour at school, also assists with self-regulation
- If students do something inappropriate to another person, the opportunity to embark on restorative justice is important
- If your child is gaming, use a mike rather than headphones. You can then hear what’s going on, and a bonus is it’s less harmful to the ears because you can monitor the level of sound
As a school, we will be endeavouring to book some Parent Workshops that will assist families in using technology safely in the home in 2022.
Finally, I wish to congratulate Miss Emily Meneghello, who became engaged on the weekend. Ben is a very lucky man, and we wish them all the very best as they prepare for the wedding.
Have a lovely weekend.
As Principal, I am responsible for your child while they participate in their educational program during school hours, or during activities authorised or controlled by me after hours.
Please direct any inquiry, concern or dispute arising from your child’s involvement in activities outside my responsibility to the person or organisation running the activity.
If your concern involves a child, parent or staff member involved in the external activity, please direct it to the parent, or staff member for resolution. I have no authority to answer questions or resolve disputes arising out of activities not under my authority or control.
If you believe an incident outside school hours may affect your child at school, then please notify their classroom teacher who will monitor your child’s behaviour and their interactions with other students. Otherwise, please do not involve school staff in our professional capacity in external disputes, even if they include members of our school community.
As always, our relationships are conducted according to our Code of Conduct, a copy of which is on our website.
Early Childhood Education
Loreto’s educational journey begins with an optional Pre-Kindergarten program that commences when children turn three years of age.
In Pre-Kindergarten the children learn how to play, share and take turns. They develop social connections with friends and have opportunities to explore and develop their creativity.
Our Pre-Kindergarten is offered over two full days, with the option of attending an extra day if required.
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PRAYER OF SISTERLY SOLIDARITY
LORETO JUSTICE NETWORK AUGUST 2021
This prayer is offered by the Loreto Justice Network.
We gather in prayerful solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Afghanistan.
We are painfully aware that this is not the only trouble spot in the world at present and we acknowledge that our government has held Afghan refugees in detention centres in our land for years.
We pray from within our tradition, extending our solidarity outwards, especially to girls and women in Afghanistan.
We value our freedom, our rights, our access to education and social protection.
We use our imaginations to contemplate the fear of so many who have struggled for so long.
Extract from the Gospel Matthew (19:23-25)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mere humans this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”
From Pope Francis (reported in Vatican News, 16 August 2021)
Hours before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, Pope Francis expressed his hope for the peace and safety of the country’s citizens.
“I join in the unanimous concern for the situation in Afghanistan. I ask all of you to pray with me to the God of peace so that the clamour of weapons might cease and solutions can be found at the table of dialogue,” the pope said Aug. 15 during his Angelus address.
Only through dialogue, he added, “can the battered population of that countrymen, women, elderly and children—return to their own homes, and live in peace and security, in total mutual respect.”
From António Guterres Secretary General of the United Nations
(17 August 2021 – Amended version)
The world is following events in Afghanistan with a heavy heart and deep disquiet about what lies ahead.
All of us have seen the images in real time. Chaos. Unrest. Uncertainty. And fear.
Much lies in the balance. The progress. The hope. The dreams of a generation of young Afghan women and girls, boys and men.
At this grave hour, I urge all parties, especially the Taliban, to exercise utmost restraint to protect lives and to ensure that humanitarian needs can be met. The conflict has forced hundreds of thousands from their homes.
The capital city has seen a huge influx of internally displaced persons from provinces around the country where they felt insecure or fled during the fighting.
I remind all parties of their obligation to protect civilians. I call on all parties to provide humanitarians with unimpeded access to deliver timely and life-saving services and aid.
And I also urge all countries to be willing to receive Afghan refugees and refrain from any deportations. Now is the time to stand as one.
The international community must be united and utilize all available instruments to ensure the following:
First, we must speak with one voice to uphold human rights in Afghanistan.
I call upon the Taliban and all parties to respect and protect international humanitarian law and the rights and freedoms of all persons.
We are receiving chilling reports of severe restrictions on human rights throughout the country.
I am particularly concerned by accounts of mounting human rights violations against the women and girls of Afghanistan who fear a return to the darkest days.
It is essential that the hard-won rights of Afghan women and girls are protected.
They are looking to the international community for support — the same international community that assured them that opportunities would be expanded, education would be guaranteed, freedoms would spread and rights would be secured.
The United Nations is committed to supporting Afghans.
We continue to have staff and offices in areas that have come under Taliban control.
The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan affects 18 million people — fully half of the country’s population. It is vital that basic services continue to be provided.
The United Nations presence will adapt to the security situation.
But above all, we will stay and deliver in support of the Afghan people in their hour of need.
Looking ahead, I call for an immediate end to violence, for the rights of all Afghans to be respected and for Afghanistan to comply with all international agreements to which it is a party.
Afghans are a proud people with a rich cultural heritage. They have known generations of war and hardship.
They deserve our full support.
The following days will be pivotal.
The world is watching.
We cannot and must not abandon the people of Afghanistan.
Why we need to think communally in lockdown
Vaccine comparisons. Mass protests. Interstate sniping. Quarantine complaints. Community scapegoating. The pandemic soundtrack closes around us like an ever-tightening girdle; each new statistic and flash of opinion and political obfuscation turns the screw further. The daily press conferences have become morbid viewing, sound clips looping on endless repeat, channels of doom. As the miasma invades my psyche I realise it’s not the lockdown or even the pandemic causing the greatest distress; it’s the dissent emanating like scattershot from the calamity’s core. Everywhere I look, it seems, there is something ready to flay my already-scorched nerves.
If the virus hasn’t infected us yet, the discourse around it most certainly will. But inoculating oneself against such dissent is almost impossible, for the antidote to physical isolation — gatherings in the online village square — is itself rife with infection.
Social networks are essential to our collective mental wellbeing, but the social media channels standing in for them at such times as these frequently reinforce the divide. With no liberation from this pandemic in sight, how do we gird ourselves against the mental fatigue and anguish it is wreaking and the mistrust it has sown?
‘You cannot actually be well — have a strong sense of wellbeing — while those around you are unwell. And humans are actually much more sensitive to that than they like to pretend,’ says Professor Ian Hickie, Co-director of Health and Policy at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre, in a discussion with Geraldine Doogue on ABC RN’s Saturday Extra.
‘Rather than asking “Are you okay?” we need to ask “Are we okay?’’’
It’s a pertinent question posed at a time when community cohesion is rapidly crumbling. The value of collective wellbeing embodied by church, sporting and community groups has been eroded with diminishing membership. As the world is riven by unprecedented upheaval and disconnection, we risk becoming the snake determined to eat its own tail; for who will vouch for us, if we have turned on each other?
When framed this way, the question presents a perspective-shift which can help us mentally expand the protective net from our individualistic selves to the broader society in which we live and the online community inhabited by our cyber selves. Moreover, this quest for collective wellbeing can be beneficial in slotting our own unease into a larger, interconnected puzzle; communal accompaniment soothes our disquiet, somehow.‘[Social connection] has declined with this fierce focus on the individual — “Am I okay inside my own head?” as distinct from “Is the world I’m in, the social world on which I depend… healthy?”’ says Professor Hickie.
The despair induced by daily infection and death tallies would be, in normal times, ameliorated to some extent by one’s workaday routine. And the crisis would be borne in togetherness — an impossible response, since the pandemic calls on us to withdraw into ourselves rather than draw together. In addressing this dichotomy, says Professor Hickie, it’s important to establish a toolkit that will help us undertake the adaptations required of us.
‘We need to live each day… authentically. What am I going to do today? I will focus on the news — I need to know what the virus is doing… But I also need to enjoy something, I need to actually achieve something, I need to have some purposeful actions each day.’
Similarly, at the outset of the pandemic last year I discovered a brightly painted pebble tucked into the cleft of a branch; ‘keep or hide’, said the message on the stone’s underside. It was a transaction that embodied exchange and implicit value; like cash, who knew how many hands it had passed through?
In the longer term, says Professor Hickie, it’s imperative we foster trans-generational villages within our societies. They are not only necessary for effective aged care and child-rearing, but provide coping mechanisms during times of upheaval. I had a vision of what such a village might look like recently, when the owners of our local convenience store pasted a note in their shop window saying they’d be closed until they are fully vaccinated against COVID. When a photo of the note was posted on our suburb’s Facebook community page, there was an outpouring of gratitude for this immigrant shop-owner family and validation of the vital place they hold in our community.
It was social media at its most positive and powerful: a gathering of community in support of the people underpinning it, a medicinal balm to pandemic-bred fear and discord, and a seed that might be used in the rebuilding of our community once the pandemic is over.
Exert taken from www.eurekastreet.com.au
Year Five and Six Musical
Pirates of the Curry Bean – A couple of Nights to Remember!!
The Year 5 and 6 students have been in intensive rehearsals this week preparing the musical sensation, ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’.
It is a great show with plenty of singing, dancing and one-line gags!
Pirates of the Curry Bean Loreto style will be a VERY entertaining night out!
If you haven’t booked yet, get your tickets through Trybooking.com.
Year Five Teacher
Year Six Teacher
Art Exhibition 2021
Not long now until our Art Spectacular!
‘Luminosity of thought and colour’ has been the prevailing theme for our Year Five artists. From their vibrant and strange creatures of the deep to landscapes of neon dreams. Come and immerse yourself in their colourful explorations at our Art Exhibition on Tuesday 7 September at 5:30pm.
Glorious 2 and 3d animal investigations as well as a wild take on wildflowers. Our Year Six artists can’t wait to share their creative journey with you.
Book Week 2021
Bigger, Better, Brighter was the theme for this year’s book incursion.
What a wonderful show put on by Perform Education.
Georgia and Ethan entertained the children with the adventures from three books Strangers on Country, Ellie’s Dragon and How to Make a Bird. The children thoroughly enjoyed getting involved in the stories with lots of singing, chanting and dancing.
Year Three Happenings
The Year Three students started the term with preparations for their Sacrament of Reconciliation. They completed a retreat day with 24/7 Youth Ministry and had a visit from Father Gavin to answer all their Reconciliation related questions. On Friday 6th August, many students completed their Sacrament with the support of their peers. In Week Three, the students celebrated 100 Days of School. They dressed up as 100-year-old people and shared collections of 100 items. It was very exciting to finally mark off ‘Day 100’ on our class chart. Last week, the students enjoyed a Book Week incursion titled, ‘Bigger, Better, Brighter, followed by the famous costume parade the following day. There were all kinds of book characters in the classroom, from Fantastic Mr. Fox to Bear Grylls. It was wonderful to see how much effort everyone put into their costumes. The students completed a book review on their chosen book. The book reviews are hanging proudly in our classroom.
This week, many students travelled to the Vasto Club to perform in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. The class is now looking forward to visiting the Nedlands Library to hear Sally Murphy speak about her life as a children’s author. The students are also excited to visit the Loreto Book Fair this week to see what new titles are on offer. We have also been preparing for Father’s Day… but that’s a surprise!
Year Three Teacher
This term in Kindy we have been investigating ‘How Things Work’. With much excitement we opened our own mini Bunnings store in class, complete with a variety of tools, foam construction bricks, keys, locks, torches, a pulley system, a pretend painting area and construction timber/blocks. We even set up a sausage sizzle! The children have loved tinkering with these simple machines, writing orders, shopping, building and engaging in pretend play. It has also encouraged so many social opportunities for sharing, co-operation and team work which are so important in Kindy.
Congratulations to all the runners who made the trek down to Bunbury for the cross country. It sounds like it was a lot of fun with strong results across the board. Thanks to Mr Corbett, Mrs Waller and Mrs Coenen for supervising in my absence. Good work from the parents who made it down, sounds like there were a few of you there which is amazing.
In the past three weeks, the Boxsell family has grown a little bigger. We welcomed Heidi Nora into the world 3 Wednesdays ago. Mum is doing amazing and Heidi is slowly getting into a rhythm.
Tomorrow will be my last day at Loreto. I wanted to again thank you for the opportunity to teach your children and I look forward to bumping into you somewhere in the future and hearing about all the amazing things they are doing.
Our athletics carnival will be happening in two weeks on Wednesday 8 September. The event list will go up outside the sports shed shortly. Mr Corbett will be looking for some helpers on the day so if you are available to help please let him know. Main jobs will be starter and finish line marshals.
Physical Education Teacher
Jenga has been a welcome addition to the Perceptual Motor Program for the junior years, enhancing fine motor skills development.
The senior students continue to prepare for the upcoming Athletics Carnival and a host of sporting clinics have been organised in the coming weeks and for next term in the Physical Education program. Exciting times indeed.
The Fathering Project
The Secret to Being a Good Father
The secret to being a good father is intentionally giving 1%. Recently I was reading a article about how Americans spend time each day. I wasn’t surprised. We have an average of 5.3 hours of leisure time each day, and we spend more than half of it watching TV.
What are the facts?
So the average Dad will spend 178.5 minutes a day watching TV and only 3 minutes a day intentionally talking with each of his children.
Each day we spend more time getting dressed, waiting at a traffic light, or listening to a coworker’s story than we do intentionally talking with our children. Wow! I was stunned by this statistic.
That is, until I began to rewind the tape from the day before and ask myself how much intentional time I had spent talking with each of my three children. I quickly realized that I too was a 3-minuter.
So what can a Dad do to deliberately spend more quality time with his children? What is the secret to being a good, connected, purposeful Father?
Then, it hit me. Why don’t we each try the 1% Strategy? The 1% Strategy is simple. Each day contains 1,440 minutes. One percent of that = 14.4 minutes. If we spent 1% of our day intentionally engaging our kids, we would be doing 4X more than average. Could I make a commitment to talk with your son for 1% of each day? Could you join me?
Let’s talk about a few steps we can take to head down this path toward being a more engaged dad:
- Pray – Acknowledge that it’s easier for you to spend time watching TV than it is talking with your son or daughter. Admit that you want to do better – but aren’t always sure how to do that.
- Make it a priority – Put it on your calendar. We put all of the other “important” appointments and commitments on our calendar. Is time with our son any less important?
- Share this with your spouse – As men, we need someone who will lovingly keep us accountable. I guarantee that if you share with your wife/partner that you want to spend more time intentionally talking with your son or daughter – they will be on board.
- Be creative – There is nothing that shuts a child down more than when a parent walks in and says, “So, how’s it going? You want to talk about anything?” You can do better than that! Ask some good questions. Questions that don’t yield simple yes or no answers. Questions like: What was the funniest (best) thing that happened today? If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Who is your best friend? If you could change one rule in our house, what would it be? What three words best describe you? What is God trying to teach you right now?
- Review – Take time at the end of each week to see how you are doing. Or, if you’re feeling brave, ask your son/daughter how you are doing. You might be surprised at the answer you get.
Being a good father comes down to simply prioritizing intentional time with your son or daughter. And when you think about it, isn’t he or she worth 1% of your day?
Taken from www.manhoodjourney.org
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